Board of Directors
Kate Moore, CHRL
Kate Moore holds an Honours Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Brock University and is a Certified Human Resources Leader with the Human Resources Professionals’ Association. With 25 years of experience in HR, Kate has worked in a variety of different organizations and sectors including the Association of Canadian Community Colleges, Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation, VHA Health & Home Support and the National Research Council. Currently she is Manager, Strategic Programs & HR Analytics with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Her past volunteer experience includes CHEO and the Canadian Cancer Society, and most recently she served as Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the Goulbourn Jubilee Singers. In her down time, her favourite place to be is the family cottage in Quebec reading and spending time with family.
Norm has worked in the real estate and construction profession for over 30 years. He is a Chartered Surveyor (Appraisal and Real Estate Management), a Chartered Building Engineer and has associate membership with the Institution of Civil Engineers and is a Member of The American Society of Civil Engineers. Norm is currently Director of Facilities Management with CCOC housing in Ottawa and was previously Director of Asset and Property Management wit London Middlesex Housing. He currently serves on the board of Options Bytown and previously was a board member of Victoria Park Community Homes in Hamilton. Norm was a founding member of the board of the Cochrane Centre in St John’s where he helped to establish a new supportive housing and outreach charity.Additionally he has served on diverse charitable and non profit boards in the fields of social advocacy, environmental stewardship and heritage preservation. Norm’s experience also includes Asset and Property Management in the commercial and government sectors, property development, project management and infrastructure renewal.
Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer
Scott Templeton holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa and a Schulich Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership from York University. He has over 20 years of experience working in a variety of roles in municipal finance and property assessment with organizations such as the City of Ottawa, the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation, the National Capital Commission and Public Services and Procurement Canada. Scott currently also serves as Treasurer for the Glebe Annex Community Association. He is an avid runner, cyclist and kayaker and loves spending time in the great outdoors as often as possible.
Clara Ricci has long-standing experience as a board director for not-profit organizations. She is a first-generation Canadian who is passionate about socioeconomic issues in the community. She understands how to bring people together having spent time overseas building cross-cultural relationships. Overall, she is passionate about giving back to the community and mostly giving a voice to others. She holds an honours degree with a specialization in international economics and development, and a graduate diploma in civil law. She recently joined the Canadian Red Cross as an advisor to assist with the COVID-19 crisis in Montreal. Prior to joining the Canadian Red Cross, Clara spent time working for the federal government as an analyst and deputy head of program where she chaired high-profiled meetings and gained overseas work experience. She has delivered workshops and trainings, and has been a guest speaker for forums and made recommendations to various stakeholders. Clara’s hobbies include traveling, fashion, writing, running, gardening, and spending time with his family and friends. She is fluent in English and French.
Sameer is a mechanical engineer. He has over 20 years of international business development, marketing and communications, and sales management experience in the IT, telecom, healthcare, infrastructure, education and transportation industries. Having worked in South Asia, Middle East and North American markets and with global companies such as Siemens and InterSystems, his responsibilities have included launching new products, solutions and services in emerging markets, leading business units with P&L responsibility, building strategic alliances and technology partnerships, managing and delivering large projects, and establishing, managing and growing country operations. He is a fitness and health enthusiast, an avid reader, an amateur photographer, and enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.
Laurie is a multi-award winning journalist that spent more than 25 years at the CBC working as a researcher, producer and reporter. She filed for radio, television and the web on both local and national programs and newscasts. Laurie concentrated on social affairs issues like homelessness, addictions and mental health. She loves to bake and is president of a garden club which led to her now growing over 100 dahlia flowers.
Natalie holds a Masters degree in Industrial Relations, a diploma in Supply Chain Management, and is a certified Prosci Change Management practitioner. Recently retired from Canada Post, Natalie has over 30 years of experience leading teams in such diverse areas as logistics, retail, engineering, human resources and customer service. During her 32-year career, Natalie participated in collective bargaining with Canada Post and various national public sector unions; negotiated transportation contracts with airline and trucking companies; was responsible for all mail operations in Eastern Ontario & Nunavut; and led the Change Management and Quality Assurance teams in Customer Service. In each of these leadership roles, Natalie was passionate about creating a strong workplace safety culture through wellness initiatives, job hazard analysis and development of safe work practices.
Currently, Natalie is a volunteer with Catholic Centre for Immigrants, helping newcomers to Canada with resume writing and interview skills. She also enjoys playing the piano and volunteering with Music & Beyond.
Candace studied Sociology and Statistics at the University of Alberta and Research Design at the University of Michigan. She worked for Employment and Social Development Canada, Bank of Montreal, and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. As an independent research consultant for 20 years, she solved research problems for a diverse client list, from Corel to the Canadian Pharmacists Association. Now retired, Candace is an avid gardener and enjoys slow travelling.
The importance of safe, affordable housing has been a thread through much of Candace’s volunteer work: As volunteer probation officer, she saw young offenders who could not find transition housing. As a Board member for the Ottawa Women’s Credit Union, she often heard how hard it was for New Canadian clients to afford housing in Ottawa. Recently, she struggled to find suitable, affordable rental accommodation for Ukrainian pensioners fleeing war in their country.
Isabelle Ekoko has worked with the Ontario Public Service for over 14 years delivering programs and services related to improving the social and economic situation of Ontarians. She has worked extensively with non-profit Boards as part of risk mitigation and oversight requirements, and has applied her financial oversight, research, advisory, communication and stakeholder management skills to support Boards in meeting their accountability requirements. Isabelle recently moved to Ottawa for her job as a Program Supervisor with the Ministry of Children, Community and Social services. Isabelle hold a Masters degree in Immigration and Settlement Studies from the Toronto Metropolitan University and is bilingual (French and English).
Janet Kreda (Leave of absence)
Janet has worked in affordable housing development, program administration, policy and research for over 20 years. Starting in the non-profit sector in 1998, she helped develop housing for homeless women experiencing mental health and addiction issues in London, Ontario. Since then she worked for the City of Ottawa Housing Branch, Metro Vancouver's Housing group, and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) in various capacities delivering affordable housing programs, policies and research. Currently she is a Senior Manager of Research at CMHC. Outside of her passion for affordable housing, she enjoys playing with her flute trio and is an avid cyclist. She is also a proud mom and grandma and is excited to join the Daybreak board and reconnect with community based housing and the people it serves.